First E-Crime Summit Edinburgh Bound
Friday, April 27th, 2012
on behalf of Scottish Business Resilience Centre
Online PR Scotland for e-Crime Scotland Summit.
Supported by RBS and Scottish enterprise, the summit will discuss a range of areas in which businesses may be exposing themselves to cyber criminals and ways in which crime can be prevented.
With cyber crime costing Scottish businesses within the region of £5 billion a year the threat is a constant presence regardless of size or the geographical location of the business.
Gary Ritchie, Assistant Director of Scottish Business Crime Centre, said: “With the many benefits that accompany the latest developments in technology, sadly there also evolves new and potentially devastating criminal interests in this area.
“But the reality is that much of the threat of e-crime can be eradicated by simple and inexpensive measures.”
One of the most common risks faced by businesses is poor IT security which potentially allows criminals to raid contacts, steal identities and infiltrate bank accounts.
But a report by UK Government Communications HQ said that by having up to date anti-virus software and firewalls in place, businesses could reduce their risk of online crime by 80%.
The basic message of the summit is to emphasise that it is vital businesses protect their networks before they put the security of the company and staff at risk.